3D Systems expands its advanced materials portfolio

  • Figure 4® Tough Clear – the first production-grade clear material in the Figure 4 line – opens up new industrial applications requiring long-term wear parts
  • Company Leverages Open Materials Strategy for Selective Laser Sintering with DuraForm® PAx Black – Low cost, highly recyclable nylon copolymer for industrial applications

ROCK HILL, SC, Sept. 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, 3D systems (NYSE: DDD) announced Figure 4® Tough Clear and DuraForm® PAx Black – two new production-grade materials designed to meet a wide range of industrial applications. Both materials have been engineered for long-lasting mechanical performance and stability in any environment, making them ideal for a host of end-use applications in industries such as consumer goods, transportation and motorsports, aerospace and defense, and service offices.

Figure 4 Tough Clear enables direct production of end-use parts
Figure 4® Tough Clear is 3D Systems’ first transparent material for its Figure 4 platform designed for long-term use parts and working prototypes. Parts produced using Figure 4 Tough Clear have excellent clarity that is enhanced with post-processing. This can be extremely useful for applications such as the flow of fluids and gases to observe the inner workings of complex assemblies. It can also improve light transmission and reflection for lenses, light guides and light covers. Additionally, this material offers a desirable combination of customer-critical performance characteristics including impact strength, tensile strength, and elongation properties that remain stable for up to eight years.

Figure 4 Tough Clear is tested for eight years of indoor and one and a half year outdoor mechanical performance using ASTM D4329 and ASTM G154 methods, ensuring printed parts remain functional and stable for long periods of time under real-world conditions. In addition to lenses, light guides, and light covers, this material is ideal for a variety of high-volume, small-parts applications such as load-bearing handles, cranks, knobs, and levers; structural supports, snaps and fasteners; and consumer goods packaging.

“3D printing is the most cost effective method to produce transparent parts, and with the introduction of Figure 4 Tough Clear, we are giving our customers a way to reduce their time to market,” said Dr. Edwin Hortelano, senior vice president. , materials engineering and development, 3D systems. “Our Figure 4 platform is easy to use and facilitates lightning-fast production. With our new Figure 4 Tough Clear material, customers now have a production-grade material designed for long-term stability. The combination of our Figure 4 hardware solution and our deep materials and application expertise enables our customers to accelerate innovation and gain competitive advantage.

DuraForm PAx Black offers material properties rivaling injection molding
DuraForm PAx Black is the latest offering in 3D Systems’ new portfolio of open materials for use with Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printers. As with the recently announced DuraForm PAx Natural, this material has similar properties to injection molded plastics and exhibits high impact strength with high elongation at break in all directions. DuraForm PAx Black is designed for use with any commercially available selective laser sintering (SLS) printer, regardless of manufacturer, making it easy to integrate into existing workflows. The mechanical properties of this material facilitate the manufacture of strong, lightweight, production quality parts for applications such as orthoses, tool handles, splints and splints, ducts in harsh environments, live hinges, liquid tanks and cases requiring high impact and high toughness. Properties of DuraForm PAx Black include:

  • Low temperature printing (i.e. 120°C) facilitates efficient printing and post-processing
  • Very impressive long-term stability ratings of over five years indoors for mechanical properties and color
  • The use of steam lapping to post-cure parts moves the elongation at yield capacity beyond that of other nylon materials (i.e. PA-11 and PA-12) and provides a shiny, smooth finish almost indistinguishable from injection molded parts
  • High reuse rates (a refresh rate of 30% is recommended) help reduce waste and lower production costs.

Figure 4 Tough Clear and DuraForm PAx Black are both expected to be available in Q4 2022. 3D Systems will be showcasing these materials as part of its portfolio of additive manufacturing solutions at its booth (#433104) at IMTS 2022. For more information, please visit the company’s website.

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About 3D Systems
Over 35 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, we bring innovation, performance and reliability to every interaction – enabling our customers to create products and business models never before possible. With our unique offering of hardware, software, materials and services, each application-specific solution is powered by the expertise of our application engineers who work with customers to transform the way they deliver their products and services. 3D Systems’ solutions serve a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace and defense, automotive, and durable goods. More information about the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

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